381 Market St., Clinton, Tennessee 37716

Ted Chittenden, Martial Arts Instructor

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Ted Chittenden

Coach Ted, a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, is a retired army officer with over 40 years of martial arts experience.  He is a husband and father of five.

His 20-year military service moved him all over the country and overseas, affording him the opportunity to train with some of the best Judo and Jiu-jitsu instructors in the world and to compete and teach in many countries. 

Coach Ted’s five combat zone service tours, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places in the Middle East exposed him to hostile environments, giving him a unique perspective on martial arts applications and training methods. 

He teaches arts for real-world self-defense and competition based on effectiveness and efficiency.  He competed in martial arts for over two decades, winning multiple local, state, and regional Judo and Jiu-jitsu tournaments.  Additionally, he is a two-time All Armed Forces Judo Champion and two-time Judo National Medalist, a two-time state qualifier in folk style wrestling, and was an amateur competitor in kickboxing, MMA, and Pankration (record: 4-1-1).  


Credentials include:

5th degree black belt Jiu-jitsu (USJA)

4th degree black belt Judo (USJA Judo)
2nd degree black belt Shin Shin Jujitsu
2nd degree black belt Shao-Lin Kenpo
1st degree black belt Shaolin Kung Fu
Black Belt (1 stripe) Gracie / Brazilian Jiu-jitsu  (under Master Pedro Sauer) 
Certified Pedro Sauer BJJ Association  Level 1 and 2 Instructor

USA Kickboxing (and K1) Bronze Level coach
USA Judo Regional Referee
USJA Rank Examiner
USJA Coach and Coach Education Course Instructor
USJA Kata Instructor (nage-no-kata, and katame-no-kata)
USJA Certified Kata Judge (nage-no-kata and katame-no-kata)
USJA Regional Coordinator for the state of TN
Certified Pedro Sauer BJJ Association  Level 1 and 2 Instructor

Modern Army Combatives Instructor, Levels 1 and 2
Modern Arnis Instructor
Kickboxing and folk-style wrestling backgrounds



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